“I achieved my wildest dreams by age 19. That is so sad, because I was dreaming so small. I got the apartment, I got the sunny studio, I got this really creative life where I was literally able to edit photos for my job. I was able to paint portraits for my job. It was great and it was what I had always wanted, but I went through a period of maybe 1 or 2 months afterward where I was wondering like, ‘Okay, what now?’ I realized how boring it is to not have anything to work towards.”
Hannah Phillips is living the dream life she had been envisioning for herself since she was a kid: she’s a full-time entrepreneur making a living off of creating art. She lives in a sunny studio apartment 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh where she paints, does photography, videography, design, and runs her company, Piper Creative, which she co-founded with her friend Aaron Watson.
Hannah previously was homeschooled and worked as a server and tennis instructor when she started her first media company, HP Media, in high school. She started taking photos and videos for a local ultimate frisbee team, where she found out about Praxis through one of the team members, Aaron Watson. Hannah heard his podcast interview with a Praxis team member and decided to apply.
She apprenticed at Flying Cork Media in Pittsburgh while continuing to work on her entrepreneurial projects. HP Media took off, and she went with it full-time upon completing her apprenticeship. From there, she co-founded Piper Creative, a media company offering documentary-as-a-service or “Vlogging 2.0.”
Watch or listen to the full podcast episode to hear more about Hannah’s experience with Praxis, how she became a full-time entrepreneur at 19, and the significance the color blue holds in her life.
Hannah’s answers to our rapid-fire round of questions:
- Q: What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
A: You have to pay your dues.
- Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Take time for yourself.
- Q: What is the most influential book you have ever read?
A: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
- Q: What is the biggest way you’ve changed since starting the program?
A: My writing skills phenomenally improved.
- Q: What is the most interesting or quirkiest thing about you that nobody knows?
A: My right thumb is half an inch shorter than my left thumb.